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Russian Federation says it killed 30 militants after warplane downed

Russian Federation says it killed 30 militants after warplane downed

A Russian pilot was killed on Saturday in clashes with hardline rebels after they downed his warplane over Syria's northwest province of Idlib, a monitor said. The pilot reported that he had ejected by parachute, and he was later killed on the ground.

"According to preliminary information, the jet was brought down with a portable anti-aircraft missile system", the defense ministry said.

"The pilot reported on a bailout in an area controlled by rebels Jabhat Fatah al-Sham [previously known as al-Nusra Front]".

Idlib has been a haven for tens of thousands of rebels and civilians who were forced to abandon their homes in other parts of western Syria that the government and its foreign military allies have recaptured from terrorists.

Civil defence worker from Saraqeb Ammar al Adnan said: "We believe two Russian planes struck the convoy of civilians on the highway and left at least seven killed and twelve injured, mostly elderly and children".

A Russian warplane was shot down Saturday in Syria, according to Russian state-run news agencies.




A video circulating on social media shows a lifeless body of a man, his face stained with blood, as bearded gunmen stand around him.

Russian Federation has increased bombing runs in Idlib in the last month, which has resulted in more than one hundred civilian deaths and displaced more than 100,000 people.

The regime has launched an offensive to retake Idlib, the only province that has come under full rebel control in the almost 7-year-old conflict.

The violence in Idlib came as fighting raged between Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition gunmen with Syrian Kurdish fighters in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin.

It is not clear which group was responsible for downing the fighter jet. The YPG controls much of the territory along the border and an uninterrupted strip from Manbij to the Iraqi border.

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